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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Marie-Antoinette and The Independence War is an adventure game based on the American War of Independence. It imparts historical knowledge that includes firearms and cannons as kids play along. The game was created with the help of the American Club of Paris and the Historical Society of Cincinnati.
What's it about?
MARIE-ANTOINETTE & THE INDEPENDENCE WAR is an adventure game filled with hidden objects, mini-games, puzzles, and riddles. The game's time-traveling theme lets kids play this game set against many different historical backdrops including Yorktown, Virginia and Versailles, France in 1781. The story involves time-travelling Professor Twenty, who has been stranded in prehistoric times by his former assistant Dunoi. With the Professor out of picture, Dunoi wants to sabotage the American War of Independence. Luckily, Professor Twenty's robotic sidekick Oskar travels back in time to stop Dunoi and then to rescue the Professor.
Is it any good?
The historical settings found in Marie-Antoinette & The Independence War help to keep kids fascinated as they learn facts and meet famous historical figures such as George Washington, Rochambeau, and Lafayette. Players navigate maps of Versailles and play a historically accurate game of Pharaoh with Marie-Antoinette. By interacting with famous people of the past, history becomes interesting.
As with many hidden-object adventure games, kids can get frustrated if a key item cannot be found. Some of the puzzles or riddles can be particularly challenging. However, an encyclopedia unlocks to help kids along the way, but unfortunately it doesn't always provide the solution a player needs. Fortunately, by using coins earned within the game, kids can repeat question games and mini-games before returning to the main game.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the implied violence in this game. Just because it is not actually shown, does it mean it is less violent? When a ship is sunk, what do you think happens to the crew?
Families can also talk about the American War of Independence and the various historical characters that the kids encounter in the game. Do you like learning history from playing games?
- Platforms: Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, using supporting evidence
Social Studies: historical figures, history, timelines
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, deduction, making conclusions, solving puzzles
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Nemopolis
- Release date: June 29, 2012
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, History
- ESRB rating: NR
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